Rajasthan is popular for its rich cultural heritage. The forts and abandoned towns have seen a lot of unspeakable horrors. It’s no surprise that some of these places had been marked as prohibited. People have experienced things around these forts and towns that have changed them horror.
So I ask you, do you believe in ghosts? If not, I encourage you to read this and battle with the facts and proof.
Kuldhara Village – The Ghost Town
In the town of Jaisalmer, Kuldhara or ‘The Land of Visitant’ is a deserted village which is said to be haunted. In the 19th century, there used to be a flourishing village. It has a story of an immoral minister who wanted to marry the chief’s daughter without her consent. When the girl and her family denied, the minister retaliated by threatening to ruin their lives. After much thinking, it is said, that the villagers left the land in dead of the night. The villagers put a curse on the land and the minister that no one can ever live peacefully in this town.
The Paranormal Society of Delhi inspected this place to indeed find some activities that are borderline scary. There were footprints found on the mud, shadows passing over the rubbles, sounds of the dead villagers and even scratches on cars.
India Archaeological Society had now taken this area to rebuild. But people are still not allowed to go there at night!
Nahargarh Fort – King’s Ghost
The beautiful fort of Nahargarh, cradled in the Aravallis, overlooks the whole of Pink City. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh built this fort for his loving wives. They say he was unnaturally in love when this monument was constructed. So much so that even his death could not separate him from his beloved property. It is said that his spirit still haunts this place.
All the historical buildings need restoration from time to time. Any kind of renovation work in this fort is not favoured by the King. The last time a renovation project was assigned to an engineer, he was mysteriously found dead in his own home.
As a precaution, no entries past 6 pm and before 10 am is allowed.
Rana Kumbha Palace – Deadly Chambers
In the huge Chittorgarh Fort, Rana Kumbha Palace is infamous for its secret passages and deadly chambers. This spot is also one of the scariest places in Rajasthan. People have noticed unnatural occurring and even heard women crying for help. The legend behind this spooky palace is when Allaudin Khilji (Sultan of Delhi) invaded the fort, Rani Padmini with 700 of her followers gave their lives by ‘Jauhar’. Ever since then cries of help and women screaming to save their kingdom can be heard at night.
Another eerie incident that took place was the most horrifying. A group of friends camped in the palace to find proof for all the paranormal happenings. Late at night, they hear the screaming of a woman for help from one of the passages. Terrified, they looked for the source and when they turned around, they found a woman in royal attire with half of her face burnt. She disappeared in a few seconds.
This place, too, is closed for visitors from evening onwards.
Bhangarh Fort – Princess’ Ghost
This fort needs no introduction. One of the most haunted places to ever exist in Rajasthan. It falls between the Alwar-Jaipur road. Built for King Madho Singh by his father in the 16th century, this fort stands amidst a dense forest. Several legends have attested to the bizarre and unusual things that take place here.
The most prominent of the tales is the one revolving around Princess Ratnavati. It is said that a tantric fell in love with her beauty and tried to trick her into falling in love with him by enchanting the oil she was using. Princess found out about it and threw away the cosmetic which then triggered a boulder to crush the magician. In his last breaths, he cursed the place that it will forever be in ruins and will never prosper. People have also felt the eerie sensation of someone watching them.
Locals have reported that they have heard a female voice screaming, the sound of footsteps, strange light and music from the fort. Most of the people who had dared to stay after sundown went missing or were not in the state to speak coherently.
Before sunrise and after sunset, this place is prohibited to everyone, including the officials.
Brij Raj Bhawan Palace – Haunted Hotel
In Kota, Rajasthan, there lies a palace that has now been turned to a heritage hotel has a dark past. During the 1857 rebellion, a lot of soldiers had gathered around the palace in mutiny and killed Major Charles Burton along with his family. It is said his spirit still roam around in retribution.
The spirit, however, has never tried to harm anyone physically. Reports of some security guards say they had heard instructions in English to not fall asleep on duty. Sometimes, the spirit took it upon itself to slap them awake. Guests staying in the hotel had noticed an oppressive and eerie environment around the hotel.
Nonetheless, the hotel is always open to new visitors. Visit them and discover your perspective.
Jagatpura – Ghosts in the City
We all have heard of ghost stories in the silent and abandoned places. But that’s what makes Jagatpura different and daunting. Sightings of unnatural beings in a densely populated residential area is something so rarely heard. And yet Jagatpura is an example.
The king of Jagatpura was greedy and conceited. Many of the villagers had died of starvation. They cursed this place for what happened to them.
People of Jagatpura have heard voices and cackling out of nowhere and after the sun sets they avoid going out due to the eerie nature. Some of them even claim to have seen witches roaming the streets. The description of the witches is similar to the Indian cinematic representation of ghosts, white saree, and grey hair.
NH-79 Dudu Village – Mother’s Ghost
Popularly known as the highway that “asks for blood”, the Ajmer-Udaipur highway is one of the most haunted highways in the country. Villagers of Dudu have attested to its stories.
Long back in India when child marriage was still prevalent, a five-day-old baby girl was forcefully married to a 3-year-old boy. The mother of the girl opposed this arrangement and fled to the highway for some help. She had an accident with a tourist vehicle and she and the baby died immediately.
The spooky accident that took place was when 3 friends were driving on this highway and was asked for a lift by a lady. There was a baby in her arms. They took her in and she guided them out of the village for 15 minutes. When they turned to her again, she had disappeared in thin air. Scary much?
Sudhabay – Mass Exorcism
Ever wanted to experience exorcism? Visit Sudhabay, a town near Pushkar, where every year a ‘Ghost Fair’ takes place once. People who are said to be possessed by evil spirits are treated here. People of this town also fear being possessed. There’s a well that is believed to have powers to cleanse your mind soul. Taking a dip in this well relieve you of all the negative energy.
The process of exorcism is not for the weak heart. Although not a ghost town, the Ghost Fair will give you chills you have never experienced. It’s definitely not for everyone.
Let us know if you have visited any of these places!